I was able to take 4 days off over Christmas (2 days before, day of, and day after Christmas). I spent that time with my wife and kids at an isolated resort on the northwest coast of Costa Rica.
During our family trip, I decided I needed to try a “digital detox.” So as soon as we arrived, I put my phone and iPad in our room safe and didn’t look at any digital devices during our four day trip.
Being without a phone or iPad/laptop was a positive experience. At the same time, it was also a strange experience. I learned a lot. It is definitely something I recommend people try from time to time, even if just for a day over the weekend. It is definitely something I will be doing again during breaks and downtime in the future.
Here are a few observations from 4 days of no technology:
On the last morning, as we were readying ourselves for the trip to the airport, I checked my phone for the first time. I had hundreds of texts, emails, and other unread messages. What I found, however, was that none of them was a “national emergency.” Most weren’t that important. My friends and family were all fine, the law firm was humming along as usual, and I didn’t miss anything important. I think I made a bigger deal out of my phone that I should have.
This year, I recommend you try a digital detox, even if you only do it for a day or two. A close friend of mine has “Phone Free Sundays,” where he and his wife and kids all put up their phones on Sundays and spend the day together. He told me his kids actually look forward to those days!
Now that I’ve done a 4-day digital detox, I can see why his kids enjoy the break. My thinking was clearer and more focused, I was calmer emotionally, and I was able to do a lot of reading, thinking, and planning.
Best of all, I was “present” more than usual. I wasn’t checking social media every 30 minutes, reading the latest news from Washington, or trying to respond to every email I receive.
Looking forward to making 2019 the best year yet for our clients and friends.
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